Jhulta Minar is one of the famous minar in Ahmedabad India. Jhulta Minar is known as shaking minar also because of both minar shakes. when one minar push gently then the other minar feels a vibration in spite of the middle connected part remaining intact. A staircase has been made inside these towers, from which you can go to the first portion of the tower.
History of Jhulta Minar
The history behind the construction of the minarets is conflicting between the two stories. The first one states that Sultan Ahmed Shah had the mosque constructed by one of his slaves, Sidi Bashir, and that is where the name of the mosque originated. The construction of this mosque is believed to have been completed by 1452 only to be later destroyed in 1753 during a war between Marathas and Khans of the Gujrat Sultanate.
The second story states that the minarets were built as a part of a mosque built by Malik Sarang, a noble in the court of Muhammed Begada who was another Sultan of Gujrat. The style and material used to construct the minarets are close to that of Muhammed Bagada’s reign thereby placing its construction sometime in 1511 or later. Unfortunately, during the demolishing of the mosque’s main body all traces of its name and date have disappeared which makes it very difficult to trace the history of the minarets.
Architecture of Jhulta Minar
The Jhuta Minar showcases the genuine architectural craftsmanship of medieval India. They are constructed in the Gothic Muslim manner with Rajputana influences. The minar is 34 meters long and has three stories. They include well-balanced balconies made of stone. The sole purpose of these balconies is to border the minaret. A stairway runs in the middle of the minaret.
The minaret was designed with such an intention that applying a small amount of force on the upper arch of the mosque will lead to the shaking of every minaret simultaneously. It is hence believed that the minarets were constructed with the main purpose of avoiding any damage to the mosque in the case of a natural catastrophe.
There are many mosques around the world that have such shaking bordering the compound or marking the entrance. One can be found near Ahmedabad’s Railway Station. Although taller in height, these minarets are more damaged in nature. This is the Raj Bibi mosque. The other popular similar structure is in Isfahan, Iran is known as the Monar Jonban which also translates to shaking minarets in Arabic.
Jhulta Minar Timing
7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Jhulta Minar entry fees
No entry fees
Jhulta Minar Contact Number
How To Reach Jhulta Minar
Gujarat has well-developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is connected with all major cities. State and private buses are a great option to travel between smaller towns in the state.